How are everyone's gardens going? Mine, still not that productive. We are going ok in the fruit department. Passionfruit,1-2 small pawpaws ripening up per week, the last 3 melons from the garden and the odd small handful of raspberries from my very poor looking raspberry vines. I also harvested the ONLY fruit that set off my citrus grove trees that I planted last year. Yes, I know, to be fair to them, they are just babies. It was the rio red grapefruit. I was so upset as I went out there one day and looked underneath and it had a split in it but was still green. I was debating whether to cut my loses and just break it off and toss it but I didn't want to waste nearly 7 months of sitting on the tree so I thought it couldn't hurt to give it another week or so. 1.5 weeks later and it changed colour with no sign of mold around the split area. Just to be safe, I cut the split out and juiced the rest. Beautiful dark pink colour in the fruit - exactly what I was after. Now if the Cara Cara and Arnold's blood oranges could just colour up half as nicely, I'll be one very happy girl.
In other harvest news, I have started harvesting the beetroot and still have heaps of eggplants and salad greens from the garden. A little star performer is that chilli bush I got from one of the BLF garden visits. Heaps and HEAPS of chilli's -> I'm saving them up and when I finally have tomatoes again, I'll try to make a chilli jam. I may have to start freezing them though as my bloody tomatoes are going to be forever away.
I'm also now trying to grow shitake mushrooms viva la log style :) How fortunate that two days after I'd bought the spores and needed to find a fresh log somewhere, the council decided to come along and trim the trees across the road. I asked one of the guys for a biggish piece and he was very kind and put a couple in the driveway for me. So I got to use my beeswax as well to plug the holes. If anyone wants the remaining spores, I will bring them to the garden visit.
I made another 24 labels for the fruit trees. You would think that would be enough wouldn't you? Na ah. I have to make another batch eventually. I modified Dianne's idea a bit. Mine are going to hang on the branches when the trees are big enough rather than poking out of the ground. Too many animals at my place for them to stay safe. At the moment, if the tree is small, they are hanging on fences.
Here is a picture of the front verge now. I have planted 3 fruit trees that are quick growing on the footpath. If the council ever has to dig them up, it won't be too long before a replacement plant will grow.
Finally, I found a black bat plant. YAY!! I have potted up so that when I finally get the side shade garden done, it will be ready to go in.
Until next time, happy gardening people.
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